The track from A Clockwork Orange is a disgrace to good music. The electronic recreation by Mark Ayres sounds like the Disneyland light parade on drugs, with an absolutely mangled synthetic arrangement of Beethoven's Ode to Joy. Conversely, the traditional "Women of Ireland" piece from Barry Lyndon is a highlight of the album, with a theme beautifully performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic in full form. The Full Metal Jacket tracks are both intolerable; the themes by Abigail Mead make for poor electronic sound effects, and the original recording of the "Surfin' Bird" song is suitable only for trashy commercials or comedy enjoyment. The suite of music by Gerald Fried is a pleasant surprise, though there isn't anything particularly remarkable about his entries. The first and last Fried cues will be of moderate interest, though the others fade into distant memory when compared to some of the gut-wrenching cues presented elsewhere on the album. The selection from Wendy Carlos' electronic terror from The Shining, though performed well here, provides only a glimpse of the true horrors elsewhere in that score. Outside the context of the film, the song from The Shining doesn't fit at all with the rest of the compilation. The lovely, grand theme from Lolita is performed with great passion and is another highlight of the album. The second selection from 2001, the "On the Beautiful Blue Danube" piece, becomes very tiring quickly, and after nine minutes, the final two cues from Dr. Strangelove are greatly welcomed. The Crouch End Festival Chorus makes a very brief appearance on the rendition of "Johnny Came Marching Home" used in Dr. Strangelove's bombing run. The original Vera Lynn performance of "We'll Meet Again," accompanied by piano, band, and chorus, is superior to the mix heard in the film, and as a companion to the the fiery destruction of the Earth, it's a fitting end to the album. On the whole, if you haven't seen these Kubrick films, then it'll be difficult for you to truly appreciate many of the cues. With that in mind, the album is clearly aimed at Kubrick fans rather than the film score collectors that Silva typically targets. The album unfortunately was pressed before a selection from Eyes Wide Shut could be included. What remains is as unstable as Kubrick's career, and thus makes for a badly unfocused album.
01.Walter Carlos - Title Music from 'A Clockwork Orange'
02.Rossini - The Thieving Magpie (abridged)
03.Walter Carlos - Theme from 'A Clockwork Orange' (Beethoviana)
04.Beethoven - Ninth Symphony, Second Movement (abridged)
05.Walter Carlos - March from 'A Clockwork Orange'
06.Walter Carlos - William Tell Overture (abridged)
07.Sir Edward Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance March No. I
08.Sir Edward Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance March No. IV (abridged)
09.Walter Carlos - Timesteps (excerpt)
10.Terry Tucker - Overture to the Sun
11.Erika Elgen - I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper
12.Rossini - William Tell Overture (abridged)
13.Beethoven - Suicide Scherzo
14.Beethoven - Ninth Symphony, Fourth Movement (abridged)
15.Gene Kelly - Singin' in the Rain